ELCHC Benefits from Tampa Bay Lightning’s Community Hero Program

Since 2011, the Tampa Bay Lightning Community Heroes program has honored 271 Community Heroes, giving $13.65 million through 557 gifts to 380 unique charities. The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County’s (ELCHC) Board Chair, Aakash Patel, joins Elizabeth Frazier, Vice President of Community Initiatives & Philanthropy  of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the set of […]

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Community Hero, Drew Valenti, Donates $25,000 for Book Garden

Recent high school senior, Drew Valenti, completed more than 700 hours of community services before graduating last May. Valenti was  nominated and won the Tampa Bay Lightening’s Community Hero award. Drew was awarded $50,000 in which he donated $25,000 to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC).   See full interview here…

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Who’s watching your child?

If you’re a time-crunched working parent, you know how important it is to find childcare that you can rely on. But, how do you really know who’s watching your children? More than half of children under 5 years old are at… <Read More>

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OPINION: Early Childhood Education: Preparing Today’s Children for the Future

In the fall of 2016, over 15,500 new kindergarten students enrolled in public schools throughout Hillsborough County. During the first 30 days of the school year, a basic readiness assessment completed on the kindergarten students found that only about one-half of the students were ready to read. Sadly, across the state a similar situation exists, […]

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Governor Scott’s “Fighting for Florida’s future” budget invests in Florida’s future students

TAMPA, Fla. – Governor Scott announced yesterday that the 2017-2018 “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget recommends $1.1 billion for the Office of Early Learning, which is an increase of approximately $36.1 million. These investments will help ensure Florida’s earliest learners are prepared for their future. Governor Scott said, “As a father and grandfather, I know […]

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Former Pasco schools principal to head Hillsborough Early Learning Coalition

Steve Knobl, a one-time principal of Pasco’s Gulf High and Bayonet Point Middle schools, was named Thursday to lead the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, which oversees state-funded prekindergarten and child care programs.  Knobl, who led the Land O’Lakes campus of Rasmussen College until late 2015, replaces Dave McGerald, who worked for the coalition […]

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